Wednesday, March 17, 2010

...Saint Patrick

Hi. Did you dye your hair green for today's celebrations? On this day in 1756, Saint Patrick's Day was celebrated in New York City for the first time,at the Crown and Thistle Tavern. Having just turned 21 the previous February, I had a green beer. The Holiday is named after Saint Patrick (circa AD 387–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. One of my middle names is Patrick, taken from this Saint, so I hate the idea of him being 'common,' but I digress. Saint Patrick's Day began as a purely Christian holiday and became an official feast day in the early 1600s. Now it is more of a secular celebration of Ireland's culture.
Shamrocks and Clover are popular representations of this day. Heck, even a cereal has borrowed it's theme! According to legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish people; The Father, Son and Holy 'Spirit,', thus the beer I believe. Have fun today, never be green with envy and be thankful for all that you have while doing your best to reach for more. Like the proverbial pot of gold.
"I am Patrick, a sinner, most uncultivated and least of all the faithful and despised in the eyes of many." Saint Patrick hmmmm.
Saint Patrick